Hey Everyone, the last blog I wrote was right after we released Fight The Team and New York Sessions. It has been a busy and exciting few months. I have been busy teaching, writing, and playing lots of music. The transition from the college daily schedule to a teaching schedule has been challenging (I am really not a morning person).
I want to fill you all in on everything that has been happening. In December, O.A.R. premiered 6 arrangements that I helped orchestrate. It was part of their Heard The World Benefit Concert at Strathmore Hall in Maryland. This was the first time that I have written for a professional Orchestra. It was an incredible experience to hear it played live for a sold out crowd. There were many long nights working on that with Jon Lampley and Evan Oberla.
Here is a clip of it:
Since I’m sharing recent videos, here is a clip of Jon and I playing some Christmas tunes.
We’ve had some very exciting shows in Columbus over the past few months. Here is a clip of us playing Seven Nation Army:
More recently, we’ve been planning and composing for our next project called ‘play’. We are going into the studio in March and we are starting a Kick Starter campaign this week. I am really really really excited about this one. We have a very focused concept and we are all working together to make this album a work of art. This makes me super happy, my last CD’s were extremely fulfilling, but I am happy to be able to work with everyone from stage one rather than me doing all the composing alone. Keep your eyes out and help spread the word about this new project!!
Recent Recommendations: No Beginning No End- Jose James, In A Silent Way-Miles Davis, The Mosaic Project- Terri Lyne Carrington, Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin- Live At The Five Spot
This album sounds like a branch off of Voodoo, especially this track. Jose has a great voice and he leaves plently of space for the musicians to do their thing. PINO on Bass!!
I can’t believe that I haven’t gotten into this until now, but I’m glad I did. Tony’s Fill at about 13:10 is superb. Everyone is waiting for the right moment. I love the energy and groove.
I just came across this album. The songs and grooves are really happening. Very nice song writing and slick, modern arranging.
I’ve been really getting into Johnny Griffin lately. He goes in on this album. And they play some of my favorite Monk tunes.